Folic acid is converted into folate by the body.
Folate is one of the B vitamins and its main role is to make healthy red blood cells.
It is also important for growing foetuses.
Our bodies cannot make folate, so it is essential that we consume it in some form.
Folic acid can be manufactured using chemical reactions and high-quality medical technology.
It can also be found in food.
It is recommended that women who are trying to get pregnant take folic acid supplements, as well as women who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Folate is important for fertility and some 400 micrograms, taken once a day is the general recommendation, in order to help the foetus grow normally.
Specifically, folic acid can be important in ensuring that the foetus’ brain, skull, and spinal cord develop in a healthy manner and that developmental problems such as spina bifida are avoided.
Pregnant women can find that the foetus absorbs a lot of folic acid, which then leaves them deficient.
Anaemia is a condition where you do not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen around your body. This could be caused by a folate deficiency.
Folate deficiencies, in turn, can have a range of causes.
You may not be eating enough foods that contain it, such as green vegetables, beans, citrus fruits, or whole grains.
People who drink a lot of alcohol can, over time, find it harder to absorb folate through their intestines.
You can also get stomach problems with some health afflictions or illnesses, such as coeliac disease.
For other people, a certain medication can keep your body from absorbing folate, and other people still may be born with problems in absorbing the nutrient.
In addition to helping with anaemia and pregnancy, folic acid has other benefits such as supporting normal blood formation and the functioning of the immune system, reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It may also support cell division.
Folate is found in small amounts in foods such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy greens like cabbage and kale, peas, chickpeas, and certain breakfast cereals that have been additionally fortified with folic acid.
You can also get folic acid in oranges and orange juice, chicken, pork, shellfish, and liver (though avoid liver if you are pregnant) plus lentils and beans.
We provide straight folic acid tablets, ideal for pregnant women.
These tablets have the recommended 400 micrograms.
Ideally, you will want to take 400 micrograms daily, for one month, before conception and three months after.
Take one tablet a day, with a meal. Be sure not to exceed this dose.
We also sell folic acid with vitamin D.
This product also contains the recommend amount for pregnant women, but the extra vitamin D is designed for additional nutritional support.
Specifically, vitamin D helps maintain normal bones and teeth. The human body produces vitamin D as a response to sun exposure, but certain climatic or lifestyle conditions can result in us not getting enough.
This product can be taken in the same way as the above one, with meals and for a total of four months.
We also provide folic acid as part of multivitamins for female health.
It is also available in spray form.
The spray delivers the 400 micrograms in a great-tasting bioavailable active form of folate.
With a natural blueberry flavour, the tiny droplets are absorbed quickly into the blood, and as such, bypass the gut.
Shake well before use, and carefully spray onto the inside of your cheek. Hold for a few seconds and be sure to replace the cap after use. Do this once a day.